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Winds, Wildfires and Climate Anxiety

New Mexicans know all about gusty spring winds. But what we’re experiencing this year is different. Meteorologist Scott Overpeck, with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, explains the winds we’ve been experiencing through April and May—and offers a look ahead. In conversation with correspondent Laura Paskus, Overpeck talks about this year’s conditions and explains why these winds are so dangerous for communities and firefighters.

The Line also talks wildfires as the largest fire in the country burns in northern New Mexico. Panelists share their thoughts on a federal push to expand benefits for wildland firefighters, and the wider discussion surrounding prescribed burns.

Sarah Jaquette Ray’s 2020 book, “A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet,” is more useful than ever, providing insight and guidance to dealing with climate anxiety. In conversation with correspondent Laura Paskus, Ray talks about the importance of collective work in climate justice advocacy (and in all our lives), how to not feel powerless in the face of gigantic challenges, and the importance of “slow hope” in a world where everything seems to be moving too fast.

Host/Correspondent: Laura Paskus

Scott Overpeck, warning coordination meteorologist, National Weather Service
Sarah Jaquette Ray, professor, author of “A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety”

Line Opinion Panelists:
Jessica Onsurez, news director, Carlsbad Current-Argus
Tom Garrity, Garrity Group public relations
Cathryn McGill, founder, director, NM Black Leadership Council

For More Information:

Full Interview – NMPBS

Evacuation Information – NM Dept. Of Homeland Security and Management

Strong Winds Batter New Mexico Complicating Wildfire Fight – Associated Press

Strong Winds Batter New Mexico Complicating Wildfire Fight – Associated Press

Massive Wildfire Grows, but Toas Safe for Now – Associated Press

Biden Approves Presidential Disaster Declaration for NM Wildfires – SF Reporter

A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety – University of California Press